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Fall lecture series Features author Arleen Mercorella

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC, resumes its schedule of Coffee With the Authors events with a presentation by Arleen Mercorella on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Mercorella’s book, titled A Matter of Survival, the Story of Frances, is the poignant story of her own mother’s challenging life and descent into Alzheimer’s disease.

 

From the time Frances was born, the odds were stacked against her. She was born to Italian immigrants in 1917; her father resented her for being a girl, and her mother resented her for being born at all.

And when a rift in the family left the girl and her mother alone and penniless, things managed to get even worse: she wound up in an orphanage, lonely and scared.

 

But the same girl who spent her formative years facing feelings of abandonment and isolation managed to grow into a woman full of positivity and gratitude, overcoming astounding obstacles and never showing a hint of bitterness. Mercorella handles her tale with particular grace.

 

The event is free, but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999 to hold your spot or sign up online.

 

CORE.SOUNDERS film presentation at Museum of Coastal Carolina

The Museum of Coastal Carolina will present a documentary film  August 29 at 6 pm: CORE.SOUNDERS – Living from the Sea.

The recipient of a Midsouth Emmy Award nomination for Best Cultural Documentary, this one-hour film by filmmaker Neal Hutcheson and the NC Language and Life Project documents the endangered culture, heritage, and traditional livelihood of the Core Sound communities. Core Sound is located in Eastern Carteret County, NC in an area that has been described as one of the nation’s greatest cultural assets.

Emmy Award-winning producer and director Neal Hutcheson spent 15 years documenting American cultures. His films have been featured on PBS and the Documentary Channel, and he has contributed to films shown on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, A&E and Sundance. He has produced six broadcast documentaries for the NC Language and Life Project (NCLLP). The NCLLP was established at NC State University in 1993 to focus on research, graduate and undergraduate education, and outreach programs related to language and culture in the American South.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Get Acquainted with The Green Swamp

The Green Swamp consists of a 17,214-acre geographic area located in Brunswick County. Managed by The Nature Conservancy, this unique tract of land is pretty much all that is left of the thousands of acres of longleaf pine savannas that once covered southeastern North Carolina.

Learn more about this vast wetland on August 22 at 6 pm at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

Edward Ovsenik, a former educator for the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, will present “The Green Swamp” providing a more in-depth view of the true state of the swamp. Many of the current inhabitants of the Green Swamp are descended from an interesting mixture of outcasts including escaped slaves, French refugees fleeing Haiti during and after the Slave Rebellion of 1804, pirates on the run from the authorities, and Native Americans from the Waccamaw, Cherokee, and Lumbee tribes.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Honey Bees: Endangered Species for the First Time

The Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Katherine Hunt presents a lecture for families called “Honey Bees: Endangered for the First Time.”

Twelve different species of bees swarming a flowery meadow.
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This lecture on August 15 at 6 pm will focus on the complex web of factors that are contributing to the decline of the globe’s bee populations, both wild and farm honey bees. The impact of bees on our environment, particularly our food sources will also be discussed. Most crops (about 70 percent) that are used today require pollination to develop fruits, nuts, and seeds. It is estimated that those crops account for one trillion dollars in annual sales of agriculture products around the globe. Examples of common crops depending on bee pollination include broccoli, blueberry, cherry, apple, and cucumbers. With the bee population plunging almost 90 percent since 1990s; how can we protect the world’s bees from extinction?

Hunt is a science educator who has lived in the Carolinas most of her life. She now is an education outreach coordinator of the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Brett Ortmann Riggs is Guest Speaker at Museum of Coastal Carolina

Brett Ortmann Riggs will present “The Cuban Missile Crisis” at 6:00 PM on August 8 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, leaders of the US and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff in October 1962 over the instillation of nuclear-armed Soviet missile deployment in Cuba, just 90 miles from the United States. Find out how close we came to the Cold War escalating into a full-scale nuclear war.

Brett Riggs Ortmann is a native of southeastern North Carolina and currently lives in Shallotte. He has a Bachelor’s degree in history and a Master’s degree in library science. His historical specialty is the colonial era and the early American Republic.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Calabash Gallery Presents Exhibition Especially for Area Visitors

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC will present Take a Little Coast Home With You, a collection of small coastal-themed paintings – all designed for easy transport home.  The exhibition, which runs from August 1 through Sept. 9, features original works by 24 artists who have been invited to participate in the special event.

There will be a reception to meet the artists on Thursday, August 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited and there is no charge.

Artist Nancy Hughes Hiller, Morning Beach, oil, 10 x 10 inches

According to owner Ginny Lassiter, “Visitors to the area have always played a major role in our gallery, but we’ve never developed an exhibition quite like this for them. The artists in this show are specifically working on canvases small enough to pop in your suitcase and take home with you. The pieces are beautiful and will help create wonderful memories of a trip to the Carolina coast.”

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Art mediums for Take a Little Coast Home With You run the gamut from oil, pastel, acrylic and watercolor to metal and gyotaku (fish printing). Participating artists include Linda Young, Joseph Bardani, Celia Wester, Freeman Beard, Joyce Vollmer, Irene Beard, Ortrud Tyler, Roseann Bellinger, Nancy Hughes Miller, Roger Tatum, Elaine Bigelow, Mary Smith, Brenda Butka, Brooks Pearce, Sue Coley, Phil Meade, Ruth Cox, Ann Parks McCray, Nancy Guiry, Ann Lees, Rick Steingress & Cat Wondergem, Gary Halberstadt and Ginny Lassiter.

 

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, art glass, fabric art, pottery, sculpture, turned and carved wood and artisan-created jewelry. There are two onsite kilns and four wheels used by students in the ongoing pottery classes offered by the gallery. A custom framing department is available. There are realistic and abstract art classes as well as workshops by nationally and regionally known artists. The gallery’s Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional authors. A Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. For more information, call 910.575.5999 or visit the website at www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179), Calabash, N.C. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For daily updates, “like” the gallery’s page on Facebook.

All About Beer 2

The Sand Bar Lecture Series continues at the Museum of Coastal Carolina featuring “All About Beer 2” presented by Jim Hill Tuesday, August 1 at 6 PM.

With new craft breweries on the horizon for southwest Brunswick County, it is the perfect time to sharpen your beer knowledge. Join some friends for a night of beer education covering the history of beer, beer styles, basic brewing techniques, facts and myths about beer and how to enjoy your favorite glass of beer. Learn tricks and tips from a local homebrewer.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Titanic Program at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on July 18

The RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank on April 15, 1912. More than 1,500 passengers and crew members lost their lives. It has become one of the most famous disasters of all time.

What was it like to be on board the Titanic? Julie Hedgepeth Williams knows because her great-uncle, Albert Caldwell, was a passenger on the Titanic. He, his wife, and his young son survived the sinking. Julie grew up listening to her great-uncle recount the events of that horrific evening. At 6 PM on July 18 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, Julie will tell the story of the Titanic as her great-uncle told it to her firsthand, followed by the part that he never told anyone – the part he kept secret and that she only found out by research. The research keeps revealing new details about her family’s survival of this tragic event.

 

Julie Hedgepeth Williams is a journalism professor at Samford University and an author. Her most recent books include A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival and Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama, 1910. Her family has vacationed in Ocean Isle Beach for many years.

 

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

The History of Ocean Isle Beach: 10,000 BC – Today

Dr. Fred David will present a slideshow of special permission photos of old Ocean Isle businesses, people, places and events at 6 pm on July 4 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

The slides reveal the life and times of Ocean Isle residents from 10,000 BC to today. The program flows through the period of Native Americans, Pirates, Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War II, and today at Ocean Isle, with special emphasis on shipwrecks and the founder, Odell Williamson.

The program is designed for children as well as adults of all ages as it includes numerous pictures of wildlife, pirates, and Native Americans that once lived at Ocean Isle.
Fred David is a Professor of Management at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. David received a BS in Mathematics and an MBA from Wake Forest University and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. With Vern Bender, David is a co-author of two books: The History of Ocean Isle Beach and Shipwreck Diving: Calabash to Southport. A native of Whiteville, NC, David and his wife Joy are permanent residents of Ocean Isle Beach.
The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Carnivorous Plant Lecture at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on June 6

Join Mark Todd on June 6 at 6 PM at the Museum of Coastal Carolina where he will discuss southeastern North Carolina’s native species of carnivorous plants. Some of the plants Mr. Todd will discuss include Venus Flytraps, Pitcher Plants, and Sundews. Children who attend this program will learn how to care for Venus Flytraps and will be able to bring one home with them. North Carolina has over 20 species of carnivorous plants, including Venus Flytraps, which only grow within 60 miles of Wilmington, NC.

Mark Todd has been relentlessly serving in the conservation of carnivorous plants for over 10 years. He is the President and a founding board member of the North American Sarracenia Conservancy.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission is free for Museum members. Non-member Museum admission, which includes admission to the carnivorous plant program, is $9.50 for adults (13-61), $8.50 for seniors (62+), $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.